Saturday, 1 December 2012

Forest Art & Crafts: Our Merry Little Christmas in E4

Forest Art & Crafts: Our Merry Little Christmas in E4: After a very busy but not creative week at work I've got time to write a post about our Christmas event last Saturday.  We could not have ha...

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Christmas Pop Up Guildhall Library

This is where I'll be with Made at Home on Thursday 6th December.  Looking forward to being in the City of London for the Christmas shopping event lasting from 11am until 8pm.

Saturday, 17 November 2012


A while ago I started to set up a Folksy shop which until today has been pretty low on stock.  Today I have added quite a few cards to the site.  Check them out at

Friday, 14 September 2012

Fantastic Summer 2012

It has been an age since I wrote my last post on here and it must be said apart from a few orders I have not really made anything!

After the Olympic Flame passed through Waltham Abbey and my excitement levels grew I wasn't sure if I was going to be involved in London 2012 apart from watching on television.  This all changed when I was able to attend a technical rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony on 25th July......

What an incredible evening and I was so pleased to be involved with Danny Boyles #Savethesurprise.  The sound and spectacle were amazing and my tears flowed fairly early on! No surprise there then.

From Day 1 with the Cycling to Box Hill I was hooked and definitely made use of all available technology to keep track of events. 

On Sunday 5th August I witnessed Godiva Awakes part of the Cultural Olympiad events travel past my house in the pouring rain.  She was beautiful.....

Unfortunately I didn't get to see her standing but did see gome fabulous pictures of her journey.
Later that afternoon I had another trip to the Olympic Stadium and saw Bolt win the 100m as well as Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford collect their Gold Medals from Super Saturday.  I also saw Oscar Pistorious run which was inspiring....
After watching some brilliant sport it was over and there was still two weeks to go to the paralympics!
We saw the Opening Ceremony......

I saw the T54 Marathon won by Dave Weir.....

And finally on Monday I went up to the London 2012 Greatest Team Parade in London. What an amazing day and yet another opportunity to thank the wonderful Games Makers and London Ambassadors for their volunteering, I want them around always.  Their enthusiasm was uplifting and really made every event special.... 

Aside from all of the wonderful sport over the summer of 2012 I did manage to do a lot of other trips - Sweeney Todd, National Trust visits and a fabulous surprise weekend in Devon for a friends 40th Birthday in a Landmark Trust property.
Now my holiday week is almost over and normal service will resume, well I say normal is it ever!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Liberty Print Lavender Sacks

I've been wanting to make these for some time now and couldn't decide what shape I wanted to do.  Well after much deliberation I have gone for Lavender Sacks in any gorgeous Liberty Print Tana Lawn that I have around they look good and smell even better....£7.50 each or £12.00 for two

Monday, 9 July 2012

Gallery Pages

I have put a few more pictures on the blog in the galleries on the tabs above.  There are lots more card designs I need to upload!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Torch Relay comes to Waltham Abbey

Forest Art & Crafts: Celebrate the City

Forest Art & Crafts: Celebrate the City Sunday 24th June: Last weekend the City of London joined in the 2012 celebrations by hosting Celebrate the City.  I was only able to go up to it on Sunday and...

Olympic Torch Relay...Waltham Abbey

I had become very excited that the Olympic Torch Relay was due to pass through Waltham Abbey and as it got nearer the time realised that I had to go along and have a look.  The only negative apart from the weather forecast was the fact that it would mean getting to Waltham Abbey before 8am on a Saturday morning!

With various family members we managed to park in a supermarket car park nearby and walk the last 1/4mile to the end of Church Street.  By sheer luck we managed to position ourselves outside of the Abbey and extremely close to the 'kissing point'.  The number of town officials nearby was a big clue to that.

After an hour or so's wait the Olympic Torch Relay cavalcade went into overdrive, sponsors vehicles with music, dancing and freebies and some BMX freestylers to boot. The weather was being very kind and apart from some black clouds we did see lots of sunshine.  It was getting very tense anticipating the moment when the Torch would pass us although probably not as tense as the next runner felt who had been delivered from a sponsors vehicle opposite us.

The cheering from the crowds and all of the flag waving around us told us that it was going to be happpening very soon, the first runner came past followed by 'the kiss' and then they were away again for the next leg of this epic relay.  I must admit that it was quite emotional when it was happening even though it was over in a flash from our point of view.

Luckily we are surrounded by about three more Olympic Torch Relay routes and now I've been to one would certainly check out another.  Waltham Abbey came out in force and then continued to have a lovely community day in the surrounding area.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Olympic Torch/Everyone Active Loughton

I have been excited by the Olympic Torch relay for weeks now and today the cavalcade hits Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross!  Leaving shortly for quick glimpse of it around 8.50am.  Today is also a day when Everyone Active Leisure Centres in Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Epping and Ongar will be having open days with lots of free activities.  I am having a stall with Made at Home by Leigh Clothier at Loughton from around 10.30.

Time to finish my coffee and off to see the torch.....

Monday, 21 May 2012

Mind The Map

I LOVE MAPS, there I have said it out loud and I particularly love the art of the London Underground maps and posters.  Yesterday I visited the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden for the first time!

I had seen a mention of a new exhibition called Mind the Map on Twitter and knew that I needed to visit.  It opened last week and runs until 28th October 2012 and is free to enter once you have purchased a ticket for the museum for £13.50.  This is not as bad as it sounds as the ticket is then valid for 12 months and I will definitely use mine again.

'Mind The Map, Inspiring art, design and cartography' is how the exhibition is billed and it doesn't disappoint. It shows the work of Harry Beck and MacDonald Gill as well as contemporary art works based on their designs.

Although I have looked at the Underground map a million times I was unaware of how many changes had happened over the years.  The art and design on display is fascinating and there are a number of talks, walks and activities linked to this.  Last year I read Walk the Lines by Mark Mason and he is leading a walking tour on Saturday 14th July.

The rest of the museum is equally good and it is great that you can go into vehicles and get the feel of them...some of the train carriages felt very dark and eerie and make you appreciate how design makes a difference even on a train or bus journey!

Other books worth a look:

Mapping London, Making Sense of the City by Simon Foxell
Mrs P's Journey by Sarah Hartley (the lady who devised the A-Z map)

Stanford's in Longacre is the place to go for the most amazing selection of books about London.  I discovered on my last visit that as it is 2012 the London section has moved upstairs to take centre stage!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

iPad covers...made yesterday

Following on from my travel tissue covers I have decided to make some iPad covers.  I don't own an iPad but have longed for one since their launch.  Son no. 1 on the other hand does own one and I was able to use that to get the sizing right.  I love the Liberty Hello Kitty fabric and the button detail that I made for securing.....

I have lined up several other fabrics to make these in and also some in vintage 1970's fabrics.  I can't wait to make some more!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Lovely Day in Epping

Yesterday I spent a lovely day at Everyone Active Epping Sports Centre where there was a charity day in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Charity.  It was very well attended and there were lots of stalls for adults and children alike.  I debuted my tissue covers and was very pleased with the response as well as the new cards I had made. 

Today I am off to Valentines Park in Ilford for London Pride an art event to mark the Queens Golden Jubilee in Redbridge.  This is just a visit and I will post pictures later.

Here are a few from yesterday....

Friday, 30 March 2012

Age Cards....not done those for a while

I have spent a very enjoyable few days looking at fashions, nothing new there then but this had a purpose.  I needed to see the fashion from 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 years ago for a new set of cards I wanted to make. 

I'm still getting over the fact anyone who is 40 this year was born in 1972!

I've also used some of the images in general Happy Birthday cards as they are so lovely.